Out of Gas

Out of Gas

It won’t be long now; I can see it coming, just over the hill. It’s been five hours since it started. Five long hours. But this here deck chair is comfortable. And I’ve got a dozen beer. Well, had; three left now. It’ll be enough, judging by how fast it’s moving. And...
Inside the Worm

Inside the Worm

Inside the worm is a hard place to be. I should know, I had been in there for four days already when I got company. Luckily the worm had swallowed my whole camp — tent, rations, portable library, everything. But, of course, it wasn’t luck. No, it was all part of the...
I Am Not Audra Steffenberger

I Am Not Audra Steffenberger

You all know me. Some of you love me. Others hate me. But I don’t exist. I never did. That might be a lot to digest. Some of you are already calling bullshit. However, it’s the truth. Let me state it another way. I am Audra Steffenberger. I am not Audra Steffenberger....
Drowned Dreams

Drowned Dreams

A car started on the far side of the beach parking lot. Its headlights came on, overpowering the moonlight. They illuminated the ocean for a moment before the car reversed and turned. It left the parking lot. Dante, sitting in his own car, scanned the parking lot once...
Mixtape

Mixtape

The box was heavy. What the hell was in it anyway? At least it was the last one. Bobby had spent the day moving his ancient crap from his parents’ house — their sold house — to his apartment. And with this final carload and this final cardboard dumbbell, it was over....
Beautiful Scars

Beautiful Scars

“What happened to his face? Did he fall on a cheese grater?” the kid said, laughing. Terry didn’t know him; he was Rudy’s friend. “Geez, keep it down, he’s right there,” Rudy mumbled to the boy, averting his gaze from Terry’s own. “He was in a fire.” “They forgot to...
Drop the Remainder

Drop the Remainder

"System status, Hermes?" Dan asked the empty room. "Everything is great, Dan," came the almost too human, too perfect voice out of the air. "How are you?" Dan smiled. "Yeah, pretty good buddy, pretty good. But ask me again in fifty...
Away, Running

Away, Running

What does it mean to grow older? Samantha asked herself that question as she awoke on her 39th birthday. She crawled from the double bed and stretched. In her nightgown, she stood before the full-length mirror next to the window. Morning light streamed in, cascading...
Gift Horse

Gift Horse

Jack had never been down this particular road in all his years in the city. It was on the outskirts, old farmland with encroaching suburbs on all sides. Here and there the dirt track intersected trails that ran through the woods on either side. He barely saw any of...
Blood & Magic

Blood & Magic

“Where are we?” Asterlas asked. He had pulled the van over to the side of the dusty road. Tadriel turned the map she held around, peered at it a moment and then turned it again. The map was a typical gas station production — a tiny pamphlet until it unfolded to almost...